SHAME is a thought provoking drama that
some viewers will find tough to watch. It features an emotional and dynamic performance
by Michael Fassbender. His turn as Brandon makes the film worth watching
even though a few will be turned off by the sexually driven nature of SHAME, but the nudity and sex is needed to show the
world of a sex addict who doesn't want to depend on anyone and show emotions (hence why SHAME is NC-17). His attempts to have a normal relationship and discard his addiction isn't as easy as he thinks. It is so easy for him to slip into old habits. His sister,
Sissy (Carey Mulligan) , is the polar opposite of Brandon. she wants to show off
her emotion and latch onto anyone with her needy nature. She wants a closer relationship
with her brother who doesn't want to feel responsible for her. The act
of her showing up at his apartment (in need of a place to stay) is the catalyst for the events in SHAME. It exposes Brandon and he finds his solitary existence
shattered. Some may find Brandon's world cold, but I see his world as one full of inner turmoil and the music
and the nighttime runs showcase the emotions wanting to break through Brandon's surface.
The five featurettes on the disc feature
a lot of overlap that it could have easily been edited down into one featurette.
FOCUS ON MICAHEL FASSBENDER- Fassbender
talks about Brandon and the story arc of his character
DIRECTOR STEVE McQUEEN- McQueen talks about
TEH STORY OF SHAME- Fassbender, Carey Mulligan,
and McQueen say what attracted them to the movie and talk about the story of the movie
A SHARED VISION- Fassbender and McQueen talk to each other about their collaboration on this film
FOX MOVIE CHNNEL PRESENTS: IN CHARACTER
WITH MICHAEL FASSBENDER- a five minute interview with Fassbender for SHAME
Also included is the theatrical trailer. In the set is also a DVD version of the film and the ability to download a digital
copy of the movie.
FINAL ANALYSIS: SHAME is a dark destructive tale with an emotionally charged performance by Michael Fassbender. The transfer is rich and colorful with some good dark values. I wish the extras were better, but that doesn't detract from this haunting drama.
this Blu-ray review is (c)4-22-2012 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all firstname.lastname@example.org